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Overture to Das Liebesverbot

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot - Overture

Das Liebesverbot received a disasterous first performance in Magdeburg on 29th March 1836. The opera was so under-rehearsed that the tenor was reduced to singing snatches of his existing repertoire in order to cover his lapses of memory, while Wagner provided a contrapuntal accompaniment in the form of the correct vocal line. The second performance was prevented from taking place by a fist-fight among members of the cast. Wagner's experience in Magdeburg, and later in similar theatres in Königsberg and Riga, served to promote his sense of isolation as an artist: he felt at odds with his environment and gave expression to his sense of frustration and misunderstaning in the series of operas that followed. In Rienzi, Der Fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser and Lohengrin, the artistis seen in conflict with society.

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